Trouble hoking up wired computer to Linksys router

We are having trouble hooking up a computer to a Linksys router.

It is a wireless B router that can also handle (4) wired computers.  The wireless part is working fine.  But, we need to hook up one computer very far away.  We have decided to hard-wire.  Wondering if there is a maximum length of this ethernet cable-or if there should be a signal booster involved.

The ethernet cable is about 250' long and is run outside the building.  We purchased indoor/outdoor ethernet cable (4 twisted pairs) and have an 80' section burried in a sealed pipe.  There has been no rain and all connection testing was done after dark, so I don't think heat or water is an issue-yet.

Do we need to put a booster on this device?  I called linksys who claims that the device can handle over 500' of cable but I am suspicious.

If this configuration is OK, then we may simply have cable problems.

What do you think?

Thanks, Bob
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fullermsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You may need to test your cable first. Try wiring a PC next to the router first, using a few feet of cable. Are you able to get an IP through DHCP? If not, does a static IP help? Are you able to ping your router?
robinluoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you tested the cable with cable tester? The setup sounds okay and length should not be a problem in your case.

ba272Author Commented:
No, we have not yet tested it.  We were trying to rule out other issues with length or signal srenght first.  But it sounds like that should be our next step.


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